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How Do You Deal with Grief Without Drugs or Alcohol?

How Do You Deal with Grief Without Drugs or Alcohol?

There are plenty of healthier and safer ways for San Diego residents handle grief

Grief is something that most San Diego residents will experience at one point or another in their lives. Some of the most common causes of grief  include divorce, health problems, financial problems, miscarriages, death of a loved one, loss of a job, and more. Some individuals are able to overcome the their grief by seeking support from loved ones and expressing their feelings in healthy ways. However, others are so overwhelmed by grief that they turn to drugs and alcohol to cope.

If you are grieving a loss or tragedy in your life, it is important to know that you are not alone. This might not feel as comforting as you would hope, especially if you are in the thick of the grieving process. Instead, you might find yourself trying to self-medicate your feelings of sadness, guilt, shock, and fear with drugs and/or alcohol. This can be incredibly dangerous, because not only are you risking your physical and psychological wellbeing, but you are also delaying your grieving process, preventing you from getting better.

So, how can you deal with grief without using drugs and/or alcohol? There are many ways that you can do this, starting with seeking out professional help. It is always best to talk to someone who can help you move forward. Not only can a therapist help you work through your issues, but she can also provide you with the proper medication for any underlying mental health issues so you do not need to self-medicate.

Studies have also shown that it can be beneficial to join a support group and/or attend church (or practice a specific faith). Both of these resources can be helpful in allowing you to not only obtain support from a community of peers, but also strengthen your faith in ways that encourage you to persevere through your grieving process.

Whatever route you choose to address your grieving, it is most important that you do everything possible to care for yourself. This includes expressing your feelings, maintaining good physical health, and making plans on how to cope with grief when you are triggered.

Do You Need Treatment?

If you or a loved one in San Diego is using drugs or alcohol to cope with grief, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now. Don’t waste any more time grieving when you could be getting better. Call us today to get the help that you deserve.